Monday, 2 May 2016

BHINDI MASALA

BHINDI  MASALA
BY
ZEBA TASNIM
Ladies finger or bhindi is a staple in Indian cuisine and a much loved vegetable in our home.My most favorite form of bhindi is in an easy dry saute made with less oil, minimal ingredients,healthy and addictive.
TASNIM  KITCHEN

Ingredients

  • Bhindi - 1/4 kg (okra/bendakaya), wash, dry, trim the ends and cut into 1" pieces
  • Onions - 1, large, finely sliced
  • Tomato - 1, finely chopped
  • Asafoetida - 1/4 tsp
  • Ginger green chili paste - 1 tsp
  • Sugar - 1/4 - 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Red chili powder - 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder - 3/4 tsp
  • Garam Masala powder - pinch
  • Kasuri methi - 1/2 tsp
  • Lemon juice - 1/2 tbsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Cooking oil - 2 tbsps
  • Coriander leaves - for garnish (optional)
  • Method

    1. Heat 1/2 tbsp oil in a cooking vessel, add the bhindi and saute on low to medium flame for 12-15 mts. Remove from the vessel and keep aside.
    2. In the same vessel, add the remaining oil. Once hot, asafoetida, sliced onions and saute for 4 mts. Add the ginger green chili paste and saute for 3 mts. Add red chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder and kasuri methi and mix.
    3. Add chopped tomatoes and saute for 6-7 mts on low to medium flame with lid.
    4. Add the okra and sugar and mix well. Cook without lid for 15 mts. Add salt to taste, garam masala powder and lemon juice and mix. Turn off heat.
    5. Remove onto a serving bowl and garnish with coriander leaves. Serve warm with rice or rotis.


ALU KA BHARTA/CHOKHA

ALU KA BHARTA/CHOKHA
Aloo Bharta is an Indian style flavored mashed potatoes recipe, specially served in several parts of India. Delicious aloo bharta is a great option to serve with  Indian rotis or khichdi .Preparation time: 5 minutes
ZEBA TASNIM

Cooking time: 10-15 minutes
Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 4-6 medium size potatoes
  • 1 onion thinly chopped
  • 4-5 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • Fresh coriander leaves chopped
  • 1 tbsp dried red chilli flakes
  • Salt to taste
  • How to make Alu Ka Bharta:

    1. Boil the potatoes, peel and mash in a big bowl.
    2. Heat the oil in a pan and add cumin seeds and red chilli flakes.
    3. Allow the seeds to splutter and add  garlic and chopped onion.
    4. Saute for few seconds until onion turns soft.
    5. Add mashed potatoes, salt, 
    6. Mix all the ingredients very well and cook on medium high flame for about 5-6 minutes.
    7. Finally garnish with thinly chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with Indian chapatis and khichidi.

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